via Sunday Times
Mpanza, 32, walked into Omega Paint and Hardware store in the area. He loitered near the door, cocked his gun and then, according to a witness, walked out and fired eight shots at police sitting in a van about 60m away.Full story here.
"He was so close and he just kept firing at the police, who were hiding out in their car. Then he ran and police chased after him," said the witness, who asked not to be identified.
A report on the incident in the local newspaper was innocuously headlined: "One dead as police return fire".
Policing expert Dr Johan Burger described the CCTV footage as shocking and called for the immediate arrest of the policeman who shot Mpanza while he lay wounded on the ground.
"I simply could not believe the callousness ... especially the one policeman. He went, and at very, very close range, shot and killed that man," said Burger.
"The one word that went through my mind as I watched this was that this is an execution. It's not even a murder, it's absolute execution."
Burger said he was even more disturbed that the constable's colleagues did not seem to stop him or express "any emotion or shock" when he fired the fatal shots at a man lying on the ground.
"All of that, in my mind, is criminal," he said.
Hmm. I don't know. South Africa has turned into a cesspool. The amount of crime is off the charts...rapes, murder, burlary....all the felony crimes that are headline news in the US are twice to three or more times higher there.
That was pretty brazen by the criminal. Calmly opening fire on cops? What did he think the outcome would be?
Still. The guy is a son of a bitch but he was giving up. To execute him? Not good. Not good at all.